National WIC Association

Nutritionist II

State of Maryland – Howard County Health Department (Columbia, MD)

This position plans, implements, and coordinates all nutrition activities in Howard County WIC. Updates staff with nutrition information. Develops the annual nutrition education plan. Counsels and creates care plans for high-risk participants.

Will have to travel to other clinics; Will work evening clinic hours and some Saturdays; might be “on call” during after office hours on a rotation basis.

Position Duties:

20% - Nutrition Education Activities 

Plans, develops, and implements policies and procedures for nutrition education and support in accordance with Federal and State WIC guidelines. Implements program changes related to nutrition. Stays up to date on current knowledge of regulations pertaining to WIC. Provides liaison and professional relationships with the public and coordinating agencies as needed. Attends state-mandated training and meetings and shares information with the WIC staff.

Completes Nutrition Education Annual Plan. Takes an active role in promoting WIC in the community. Ensures that the clinic has up to date nutrition education materials and no formula displayed to the public.


30% - High-Risk Counseling

Provides nutrition care counseling to WIC clients identified as at high nutritional risk per State policy and procedure including those with breastfeeding complications as needed. Completes Nutrition Care plan.


30% - Formula Approval

Reviews and authorizes referrals for special formula and requests. Processes and orders special formula through Cap Lancaster. Monitor formula inventory and keeps a log.


20% - WIC Program Support

Participates in all phases of WIC Program. Assists with certification of clients, benefit pick up, appointment reminders, answering phones, etc. Accepts responsibility for special projects as assigned. Participates in EP drills or actual events


Minimum Qualifications:

Education:   Determined by the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice under the licensing requirements for Nutritionists and Dietitians.

Experience: Two years of experience providing professional nutrition or dietetic services.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree in Public Health, Community Health or Nutrition from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Dietitian and Nutritionist classification or Dietitian and Nutritionist specialty codes in the Dietitian field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. 

Desired qualifications:

- One year of Clinical Experience

- Professional Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Experience

- Bilingual in Spanish

- Experience and Knowledge using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook

- Experience and Knowledge using Adobe Acrobat

- Experience and Familiarity with OneDrive, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams and WebEx

- Excellent Time Management Skills

Licenses, Registration and Certifications

1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Dietitian/Nutritionist from the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice, 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 prior to permanent appointment. 

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

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